Celebrity athletes are often in the limelight and their popularity is closer to what we see in Champions League Betting. Being a celebrated athlete comes with responsibilities. There are celebrities who have embarked on charitable functions to help the community better.
Most professional athletes are often well off and have no trouble donating some of their money to charity. Here are the top 8.
1. John Cena
John Cena is the most charitable celebrity athlete globally, and for a good reason. The professional wrestler has been wrestling for over a decade and is known for philanthropy.
There are several reasons why John Cena is so charitable:
- He was raised by a single mom, who taught him how important it was to help others.
- He was always interested in helping others by volunteering when he was younger.
His interest in helping others grew as he got older because his mother influenced him. It was also because of all the people who helped him along the way while he was struggling with dyslexia
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer who plays forward for the Portugal national team and club Manchester United. He's considered one of the greatest and most competent footballers in history, with an excellent sense of direction, pace, and vision.
In addition to his success on the pitch, he is also known for his generosity. He has donated millions of dollars to various charitable courses over the years. In 2017 alone, he gave over $1 million to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. This fund helped to aid those affected by Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico.
3. Eli Manning
Eli Manning is a retired American soccer player who played as a midfielder in major soccer leagues and the United States men's national team. Born in New Jersey, he grew up playing for his high school soccer team before he began playing at the college level with Boston College in 2005.
He was drafted by both FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew. Despite being known as one of the most successful players of his time, he has made huge donations to foundations of charity work.
4. Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez is a retired baseball player who played for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. He is famous for being the youngest player to hit 500 home runs in Major League Baseball history.
Alex Rodriguez has also made a name for himself as a philanthropist, donating money to various organizations throughout his life. In 2016 he donated $ 3 million to help build an athletic center at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It's at this place where 17 people were killed in a school shooting on February 14th.
His donation helped build new facilities, including baseball diamonds, football fields and soccer fields, among other things.
5. Serena Williams
As one of the most decorated tennis players in history, Serena Williams has won 23 singles grand slam titles and ranks number one in women's tennis. She has been ranked number one for the last five years.
After collecting her latest trophy at Wimbledon, she donated $ 100,000 to her charitable organization called The Serena Williams Fund. In addition to her work as an athlete and philanthropist, Serena is the founder of the Alexis Ohanian Jr. Foundation together with her husband.
6. LeBron James
LeBron James has a foundation that helps kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. He also has a foundation to help kids in Miami and Cleveland, with another in Los Angeles.
The NBA star is known for his charitable giving, giving $ 41 million to various organizations. He also. Made six-figure donations to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America ($500k). Make
-A-Wish ($500K) and the University of Akron.
7. Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Barcelona. He plays as a central midfielder. He came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy, after an early emigration from his birthplace.
Iniesta has been honored with the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports because of his charitable work in Spain and abroad.
8. Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter is a former New York Yankees shortstop who has been active in charity since his rookie years. He founded The Turn 2 Foundation in 1996 to help kids avoid falling into drugs and alcohol abuse.
It was during his rookie season that he began working with the charity organizations, which had been started by his teammate Mariano Rivera.